Masinza the difference as Homeboyz edge Bandari

Kakamega Homeboyz FC were 1-0 winners over Bandari FC in a round 13 Kenyan Premier League (KPL) encounter staged at the Bukhungu Stadium from 2 pm. A very early Christopher Masinza goal was the difference between the two sides who had recorded wins in their respective previous encounters.

While Homeboyz had been on the road to Nzoia Sugar, a 2-1 come-from-behind victory, Bandari had convincingly whipped Wazito FC 4-0 at the Coast.

The Dockers knew starting well was the only way to keep Homeboyz docile, and could have gone into the lead with just four minutes played. Cliff Kasuti, latching onto a loose clearance by the Homeboyz defense, was shut down by goalkeeper Gabriel Andika as the scores stayed 0-0 in the opening exchanges.

An in-form Cliff Kasuti was a threat to Homeboyz from the onset [IMAGE- Fabian Odhiambo]
Homeboyz went forward, and five minutes later, opened the scores through Christopher Masinza who now gets his second successive goal of the season. Masinza tapped home a nicely cut back cross from David Okoth Odhiambo past Justin Ndikumana in goal for the visitors.

Pressure mounted on the home team to keep Bandari at bay for a better part of the opening half-hour. In the 35th minute, however, this would seem to crumble when Andika infringed upon Yema Mwana after collecting an easy ball. Center referee Badr Yassin awarded an in-direct free-kick from the edge of the 6-yard box. Bandari could not find it past the flock of Homeboyz players manning the sticks.

Masinza could have doubled Homeboyz’s lead with four minutes left to play in the first half but had his left-footed shot veer over the bar.

Looking to end the half even, Bandari almost found the hosts napping when Shaban Kenga’s cross ball- unchecked, found Yema with just Andika to beat. The former AFC Leopards keeper once again repelled Mwana’s attempt as the teams went into the break with Homeboyz leading.

How Homeboyz lined up for the match [IMAGE- Fabian Odhiambo]
Second Half

David Okoth wanted a goal of his own, and could have found it five minutes after the restart but Justin Ndikumana matched the top corner shot from the Homeboyz winger.

Wycliffe Ochomo was sent in to take Wadri William’s place at the hour mark as the visitors sought to explore the first of their options. Ochomo would be followed by Benjamin Mosha who replaced a hard-working Cliff Kasuti.

Coach Nicholas Muyoti threw in his first change in the way of Dennis Nandwa for Steven Wakhanya. This well-aimed at stabilizing the midfield and worked well to neutralize Bandari’s threat that had involved Wilberforce Lugogo and Collins Agade.

No goal would come from either team even as Muyoti added more attacking firepower by bringing in Stephen Etyang for Peter Thiong’o.

Stephen Etyang jubilates with captain of the day Ahmed Ali Bai after the final whistle [IMAGE- Fabian Odhiambo]
1-0 it ended in favor of the home side Kakamega Homeboyz who now go to second on the log, one point behind Tusker FC.